MM352 - Intermediate Web Authoring
This is an intermediate level course in web site development using current web authoring tools. Topics covered include web site planning, design concepts, use of authoring tool software, creation of interactive web elements, and web site organization. Emphasis will be placed on creating dynamic and interactive client-side web objects using the Dreamweaver authoring tool. Prerequisite: MM 252 or equivalent HTML knowledge. Student must have at least sophomore standing to register for this course.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- architect a website redesign.
- assess audiences and target design solution to particular audiences.
- apply HTML5 and jQuery to enhance user experience.
Always come to class prepared to work. Much of the class is devoted to design critique and tutorials, so be prepared. Students are required to take notes and read the referenced material.
- Assignments - 50%
- Final Design/Development Project - 50%
- Late work will be graded down one letter per day.
University Withdraw Policy - If it is after the fifth week, a student may withdraw from a class. Withdrawal forms are available in the Registrar's Office. The instructor should grant the "W" grade only if the student is doing passing work. Otherwise, a grade of "F" will be recorded. Withdrawals must be turned in to the Registrar's Office by the last day of regularly scheduled class, (i.e. prior to finals week).
The readings for this course are available online. Readings and assignments will be presented weekly. Additional resources will be posted for each assignment.
- You will need Photoshop. Purchase a subscription here if you don't have a copy. Students rates are available.
- Kadavvy, David - Design for Hackers
Means of Assessment
- Assignments and a final design/development project
Occasionally, assignments are given in class which are not listed in the course outline. I may ask you to comment on a reading, run through a tutorial, or research an area relevant to the discussion. It is your responsibility to be present in class for these assignments. Details will not be repeated.
Outline of Course (Subject to Change)
Web design is the creation of digital environments that facilitate and encourage human activity; reflect or adapt to individual voices and content; and change gracefully over time while always retaining their identity. - Jeffrey Zeldman
- Week 1 - Introduction. Determining your approach. Photoshop. Color. Demographics. Assessing your target audience and designing accordingly. Design strategies.
- Course Project
- Register for the course forum. Be sure to use your EOU username and EOU email address so I can identify you.
- 000 - Introduction - Your Business Card
- 001 - Research
- Do the readings above and explore relevant topics in the course forum.
- Then find three websites in the education or related category, that you think are effective. Try to choose designs that are visually interesting, unconventional, unique and compelling.
- Analyze who you think the target audience is and the goals of the site.
- Describe where the site succeeds or fails.
- Discuss your findings in the forum.
- Post your research to the appropriate forum topic here.
- Due Monday the second week.
- 002 - The Design Spec
- Week 2 - Create your wireframe and initial design
- Week 3
- Review, Critique and Iteration
- Week 4
- Review, Critique and Iteration
- Week 5 - Converting the Design to CSS
- Week 6 - Expanding HTML Forms with CSS. Form Design.
- Week 7
- Week 8
- Week 9
- Be sure to visit the disclaimers page for information on academic misconduct and disabilities.